The Outdoor Enthusiast | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

The Outdoor Enthusiast

For sportsmen and women with an old-school aesthetic

Scott Fly Rod

Many locals and newcomers alike have a passion for Central Oregon's fly-fishing opportunities. Whether it's the upper or lower Deschutes, the Crooked, Metolius, or Fall River, we have an abundance of choices to chase redbands, browns, or brook trout. A quality fly rod is a must. There are numerous manufacturers and one of the best lifetime rods is made by Scott and can be found at the Confluence Fly Shop in the Old Mill District. The Confluence Fly Shop is a fly-fisherman's "candy store" featuring hundreds of must-have items.

Confluence Fly Shop, 375 SW Powerhouse Dr Suite 100


Yeti Cooler

Any fisherman, hunter, or avid outdoor enthusiast needs a cooler that will keep items cold and ice from melting for days. One of the best and a favorite of many is the YETI. Founded in 2006, YETI builds long-lasting coolers that are "grizzly tough." YETI describes its cooler saying it's built for "the long haul" and for "the wild." YETI manufactures a vast array of outdoor gear besides coolers that any sportsman or woman will appreciate. YETI coolers can be found at many outdoor stores in Central Oregon, including REI.

REI, 380 SW Powerhouse Dr.


Traeger Grill

Once the fish are clean, they're ready for the grill, and a Northwest favorite is the wood pellet-fired Traeger. Manufactured in Oregon, Traeger had humble beginnings and a limited supply, but word began spreading and today the Traeger is one of the most popular cooking grills with dozens of models and several varieties of wood pellets with which to cook and smoke meat. The company also offers an extensive cookbook full of mouth-watering ideas. It's no wonder why many restaurants also use this grill for their specialty meat products. Traegers can be found at numerous locations including the Sportsman's Warehouse.

Sportsman's Warehouse, 63492 Hunnell Rd


Head Gloves

A pair of warm gloves is essential to any outdoor enthusiast. Made with cyclists in mind, Head manufactures one of the most lightweight, form-fitting gloves, which allow for great hand and finger flexibility while keeping cold temperatures at bay. Except for extremely cold conditions, these gloves are good for almost any outdoor activity and can also be used as a liner or underlayer inside heavier gloves. You find many upland bird hunters and golfers using these gloves. One of the best places to find them is at Costco.

Costco, 2500 NE Hwy 20


Simms Flask

When outdoors for hours—especially in brisk conditions—it's hard to beat a little liquid warmer contained in a cool-looking flask! Whether it's a single-malt scotch, a blended whiskey such as Pendleton, or a brandy, a "nip of the spirits" is often appreciated by outdoorsmen and women. One of the coolest flasks we found is manufactured by Simms. There are many models and sizes with artwork of fish. This is Simms' "Rainbow" flask and it can be found at the Confluence Fly Shop in the Old Mill District.

Confluence Fly Shop, 375 SW Powerhouse Dr Suite 100


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